Propositions by the Ethiopian Economics Association in focus

Ethiopia’s Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) suffers from food insecurity, the lack of agricultural transformation, soil erosion & deforestation, resulting in less favorable conditions for agricultural productivity and fewer economic income that could be invested in education and infrastructure.

To discuss a coherent approach to these challenges, the Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung called for the Eighth Annual Conference on Economic Development in the Amhara National Regional State in Bahir Dar on September 23rd. As the annual conferences of EEA and its regional chapters seek to act as a bridge between research, policy makers, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, the meeting has become one of the most important platforms of open dialogue on regional economic developments.

H.E. Mr. Gedu Andargachew, President of ANRS, called in his opening remarks for a more strengthened relation between governing bodies and business associations. Mr. Demrew Getachew, Head of the EEA Secretariat and Dr. Mulunesh Abebe, Vice president for Research and Community Service of Bahir Dar University gave opening statements.

Among others, agricultural transformation, demographic dividend in Ethiopia, effect of climate variability, child poverty and cash crop orientation were the titles of researches that were presented in order to carry out sustainable rural production and development in ANRS. The academia, financial consultant agencies and economic development offices all engaged in the lively discussions on the way forward.